Mom first, First Lady second

I was in Marks & Spencer the other day when I spotted the July issue of “Easy Living” on the shelf near the till, with Michelle Obama on the cover. I just had to buy it. I look up to Michelle Obama. To me she is the epitome of style and elegance. Caught in the public eye due to her husband’s job, she holds her own. From her sense of style (mixing designer and high street) to the way she looks at her husband and her children, she’s an incredible woman.

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In this interview with both Michelle and Barack Obama, you can almost see the ease the have between each other with her finishing many of his sentences and the casualness with which they interact. I felt like I was in the room lol But jokes aside, it was nice to read how they are as a family, how they prioritise each other, bring stability to each others life and dote on their daughters. With both Malia and Sacha on the cusp of adolescence, they require a certain level of flexibility. This can’t be easy with secret service hovering around at all times. But Michelle puts her foot down and says the secret service need to change the way they do things. She talks to the staff, agents and other parents to figure out how to let the kids go to a party or a game or just walk down the street. It’s admirable to see one of the most popular families in the world striving to lead a “normal” life.

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Even since before she got married she has worked with people to help serve their community and many years later (in 2010) she launched Let’s move! which is a campaign to bring together community leaders to help tackle childhood obesity. In 2011 she and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces which is a nationwide initiative that appeals to all sectors of society to give people in the armed/special forces and their family members the opportunities and support they have earned. Also to raise awareness of military families unique needs. The President challenged American businesses to employ 100,000 veterans of the military and Joining Forces works with these businesses.

“I want to send a very clear message to the men and women who are wearing – or
who have worn – our country’s uniform and to their spouses: when you have
finished your service to our nation, you’ve got 2,000 great American companies
ready and waiting to bring you on board”
– Michelle Obama, August 22, 2012

Determined, courageous, dedicated, loyal and of course über fashionable, I’m a big fan of Michelle Obama and look forward to seeing the important social changes she makes while she is in the White House and hopefully long after as well.

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